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Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vols. 2 + 3

June 16, 2019 Leave a comment

The cover to "Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 2"Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vols. 2 + 3
by Yukito Kishiro, translated by Stephen Paul.
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Picking up immediately were the first volume left off, Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vols. 2 + 3 continue to follow Alita on her attempts to create a better life for her ad-hoc family. Unfortunately, after tragedy strikes, familial bonds are tested as Alita seeks to unlock the mysteries of her past, and determine the truth behind her existence by throwing herself onto the path of violence. A path that leads her beyond the Scrapyard, and to the brutal sport known as Motorball. Yukito Kishiro’s cyberpunk classic continues, mixing high speed violence with questions of identity, and what it means to be human.
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Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection

May 12, 2019 Leave a comment

The cover to "Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection."Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection
by Junji Ito, Translation by Jocelyne Allen, “Frankenstein” originally written by Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein” English Adaption by Nick Mamatas.
Viz, 408pp
Rating: Older Teen

Junji Ito has had a presence in the American manga scene for nearly two decades, starting with Viz’s Uzumaki in 2001, which tells the disturbing tale of a town haunted by a shape; and Gyo in 2003, a bizarre tale about an invasion of walking fish. While both series were well received, companies struggled to really market his work in the U.S. Publishers such as Dark Horse and the defunct ComicsOne attempt to bring more of Ito’s work to stateside, with various anthology collections of his works, but each attempt petered out by the third volume leaving fans hungry for more. That all changed in 2013 when Viz re-released Uzumaki and Gyo in affordable hardcover editions. The combination of cheap hardcovers and Junji Ito’s horrific tales turned out to be a hit, and since then Viz has rolled out a new collection of Ito’s work on a near annual basis. Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, released in 2018 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s original novel, combines Ito’s adaption of “Frankenstein” with several original short stories, including the “Oshikiri” cycle, to create a must have volume for horror fans.
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vols. 1-3

August 31, 2018 1 comment

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vol. 1Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vols. 1-3
by Clamp, translated by Kevin Gifford
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Originally published in Japan in 1996, Cardcaptor Sakura used the premise of young Sakura and her friends— Tomoyo, Syaoran, Cerberus, and more—as they sought to capture the magical Clow Cards which were wreaking havoc in their town. While the premise may sound a bit tired and worn, fans and readers of the original series know it was so much more that. In the skillful hands of Clamp, an all woman Japanese art group, Cardcaptor Sakura used a fairly straight forward magical girl premise to launch into an exploration of love and friendship in all their different flavors. Now, two decades later, Clamp returns to continue the adventures of Sakura and company with Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card! Set shortly after the climax of the original series, Clear Card follows Sakura as she enters into a new phase of her life, middle school. With the Clow Cards under wraps, her life was slowly returning to normal, but Sakura’s hard earned peace doesn’t last for long and she soon finds herself faced with new two threats: the mysterious Clear Cards, and the hooded figure seemingly tied to their appearance.
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Guardians of the Louvre

July 24, 2018 1 comment

Cover to Guardians of the LouvreGuardians of the Louvre
by Jirô Taniguchi, Translation by Kumar Sivasubramanian
NBM Publishing, 136 pps.
Rating: Not Rated

Commissioned by the Louvre as part of The Louvre Collection—a series of graphic novels by various creators based upon the museum and its collection of works—Jirô Taniguchi’s Guardians of the Louvre is the tale of a Japanese artist’s fevered wanderings through the museum as he finds himself reliving moments from the history of the museums and its artwork.
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Neo-Parasyte M

July 16, 2018 Leave a comment

The Cover to Neo-Parasyte MNeo-Parasyte M
by Various Creators, Parasyte created by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Translation by Kevin Steinbach
Kodansha Comics, 288 pps.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Following in the steps of Neo-Parasyte F, Neo-Parasyte M is an anthology of short works set within the world created by Hitoshi Iwaaki in his critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror series, Parasyte. The original series, published in the late 80s/early 90s, told the story of a teenage boy, Shinichi, and the parasitic alien organism which took control of his right hand. The series has had a surprisingly long and successful life, with no less than three different releases in the U.S. and a broadcast spot on Toonami for its anime adaptation back in 2015. Neo Parasyte M presents a smorgasbord of short stories from various creators, all paying homage in their own unique way to Hitoshi Iwaaki’s original series. Among the contributors are several names which should be recognizable to U.S. manga fans, such as Moto Hagio, Hiroki Endo, and Hiro Mashima. The tales range from speculative tales about what could happen next in the world of Parasyte, to sophomoric comedy tales, and beyond!
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To Your Eternity, Vols. 1 + 2

July 2, 2018 Leave a comment

The cover of To Your Eternity, Vol. 1To Your Eternity, Vols. 1 + 2
by Yoshitoki Oima, translation by Steven LeCroy
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

An immortal being wanders through the ages, taking on new shapes and forms, learning and growing, slowly becoming something resembling a human being, but what exactly does that mean? From Yoshitoki Oima, the creator of the critically acclaimed A Slient Voice, comes To Your Eternity, Vols. 1+2.
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Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1

June 18, 2018 Leave a comment

The cover to Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1
by Yukito Kishiro, translated by Stephen Paul.
Kodansha Comics, 430 pp.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

The dystopian future presented by Yukito Kishiro is both horrific and strangely beautiful. The wealthy and powerful live in a floating city, tethered to the ground, while the rest of humanity literally live off the scraps and refuse they dump onto the land below. The sprawling city of Scrapyard is a cyberpunk favela, where life is rough, violent, and full of bizarre outcasts. Yet it’s also a place of dreams, success stories, and families who will kill to defend their loved ones. In this industrial nightmare landscape ugly desperation and moments of deep kindness intermingle. Into this world comes Alita, who starts off as nothing but a torso, but through the kindness and fatherly affection of Dr. Ido, is given a refurbished cybernetic body. Unfortunately, nothing can be done for her apparent lack of memories, or explain her innate knowledge of a lost martial arts form. With little left to do, she follows in Dr. Ido’s footsteps and becomes a bounty hunter. Originally published in 1990, and long out of print in the United States, Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1 presents Yukito Kishiro’s classic cyberpunk story in a beautiful, oversized, hardcover edition, with a new translation!
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